Certificates in Theology and Ministry
The graduate program in Theology and Ministry offers the following as either pre-Master's or post-Master's certificates. Students completing a Pre-Master's certificate can apply those credits to a Master's degree in the Theology and Ministry program here at La Salle. Each certificate is 18 credit hours, six courses. The specific curriculum is developed by the student and the program director.
Theological Studies – This certificate enables the student to explore core courses in Scripture, Theology and Spirituality. A student completing this certificate will have sufficient hours for a secondary competence to teach in a Catholic high school. The student should consult the specific course requirements for the school system in which they would like to teach.
Religious Education – The course work for this certificate prepares the student for work in the area of parish religious education programs. With the certificate the student would be able to serve as a coordinator of religious education.
Pastoral Care – Courses in pastoral counseling and pastoral ministry prepare the student for parish-based programs of pastoral care, work in hospice programs as well as limited work in hospital and nursing home chaplaincies.
Liturgy – This certificate combines courses in liturgical studies and church ministry. Students receiving the certificate will be prepared for work as parish-based liturgical coordinators, and if possessing music or choral skills as church musicians.
Church Ministry – The program consists of courses in theology and ministry. Students earning the certificate are prepared for a variety of parish-based positions in church ministry.
Post-Master's Certificate in Pastoral Counseling
Individuals holding a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology or Social Work with an emphasis on Counseling can pursue a post-Master's certificate in Pastoral Counseling. The program requires the completion of 18 credits at La Salle. The certificate can be pursued while seeking the M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling at La Salle University.
The graduate program in Theology and Ministry of La Salle University strives to provide a theological foundation, to enhance both pastoral skills and facilitate spiritual growth for women and men who wish to serve the diverse needs of our churches and faith communities. This is accomplished through critical reflection and understanding of the balance between the Catholic tradition and the rich diversity of the Christian experience.
Certificate Program Goals
The goals of the Certificate within the Master of Arts program are to provide the following:
1. A high quality theological education rooted in tradition and open to current developments in the discipline as a foundation or complement to graduate study for entry level church ministry;
2. Various opportunities for students to enhance ministerial skills;
3. An introduction to an understanding of the critical interation between academic theology, human experience, and ministerial application.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the certificate program, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Basic skills in reading and interpreting biblical texts employing the historical-critical method;
2. An ability to articulate a clear understanding of systematic theology in the areas of fundamental, moral, and sacramental theology;
3. The application of academic theology to ministerial practice.